I don’t remember the exact day, but I think it was about 2 months ago when an idea came to me one day. I had learned from Ralphie about this interesting bit of information…
“Scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain… unless it is done with play. In that case it takes between 10 and 20 repetitions.” Dr. Kayrn Purvis
The idea came to me to add role play to our morning time.
So for the past several weeks, we have been spending a few minutes every morning (after song, scripture, prayer, and Pledge of Allegiance) doing a good behavior role play.
I started off by just writing down a bunch of behaviors that I would like to see improvement in. I wrote them down on little slips of paper, folded them up, and put them in a bowl.
Every morning, we pick out a random paper from the bowl and role play that behavior.
For the first few weeks, we just role played with ourselves, but then I thought it would be fun to add even more play to it so I got a puppet to represent each of us and we role play with the puppets. The kids love this little daily ritual.
I decided to take some video clips this morning to document. This morning we were role playing how to help someone who is hurt. I usually participate as well, but since I was taking videos this morning it was just the kids. They decided to use the puppets that represent Jershon and me as well.